Winter break Incident Journal: Suspicious packages and a foot chase


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The Emerson College Police Department provides the Incident Journal to The Beacon every week. Beacon staff edit the Incident Journal for style and clarity but not for content.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

A student reported to the ECPD that a stranger followed and harassed them while walking near the 300 Block of Boylston St.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

A student reported finding the front door to the Barnes & Noble bookstore unsecured. A check of the bookstore showed nothing out of order. ECPD notified the Barnes & Noble manager and officers secured the bookstore.

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019

A box truck delivering supplies struck the Colonial Theatre fire escape, causing minor damage to the box truck. ECPD notified Facilities Management and the Ambassador Theatre Group, which manages the Colonial Theatre of the accident.

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019

ECPD and the Boston Fire Department responded to a fire alarm from the Walker Building. ECPD determined contractors working on the eighth floor caused the alarm. There was no fire and there were no injuries to report.

An officer on patrol noticed that someone had vandalized the ID card proximity reader for the Elma Lewis Center. ECPD notified Facilities Management of the vandalism.

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020

A student came to ECPD to see if a pair of headphones had been turned in. The student said they left the headphones inside the Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym the prior evening and they were concerned that someone had stolen them.

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

An ECPD officer on patrol found an abandoned couch left inside the loading dock area of the Paramount Theatre. An investigation revealed that people moving on Mason Street left the couch before leaving in a U-Haul vehicle.

An ECPD dispatcher noticed an individual who attempted to steal packages left inside the Allen’s Alley on video surveillance. ECPD chased the suspect, who dropped the packages and fled the area. ECPD recovered the packages.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

ECPD, Facilities Management, and the Boston Fire Department all responded to the Little Building for a fire alarm. Contractors in the basement set off smoke detectors by creating dust and debris, causing the alarm.

Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

A pedestrian flagged down an ECPD officer concerning several suspicious packages left on Stuart Street near the State Transportation Building. The ECPD officer conducted a preliminary inspection of the packages and determined they were not dangerous. ECPD notified Boston Police to confiscate the packages.